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Welcome to the Chiltern Arts Festival 
28th February–7th March 2020


Beethoven’s words, ‘Let your deafness no longer be a secret, even in art’, which are emblazoned on the 2020 Festival brochure cover, embody the theme of this year’s Festival: Passion Prevails.

In the 250th year since Beethoven’s birth, we’re exploring a different way to celebrate the great composer’s life and — taking inspiration from his passion and drive to continue as his hearing deteriorated — to explore and celebrate others who have also overcome adversity and created great art. Each event in the 2020 programme has been curated with this theme in mind, celebrating just some of the ways in which the passion for music and art has continued to be a driving force even for those faced with life-changing events such as hearing or sight loss, or those faced with adversity from political, religious or societal circumstances.

We’re looking forward to welcoming both new friends and familiar faces – and we can’t wait to share another week of fabulous music with you... see you there!

Naomi Taylor
Chiltern Arts Founder and Creative Director










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Beethoven Violin Sonatas
Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn

Friday 8th November
Great Missenden

Beethoven Violin Sonatas

Violin Sonata No 1 in D Major
Violin Sonata No 5 in F major “Spring”
— Interval —
Violin Sonata No 7 in C minor

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Poetry Competition
2020

Calling all budding writers....

Poetry Competition 2020

The 2020 Poetry Competition invites you to explore a situation in your own life, or the life of someone who has inspired you, in which the phrase ‘overcoming adversity’ resonates.

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